Saturday, October 18, 2014

Etsy Madness

Well its been about three weeks since we launched our new Etsy Shop. This has been a long time coming. Since our move from Kansas we've had lots of past customers asking if we'd start shipping some of our smaller items. After doing some research and talking it over with Nick we decided the best way to start was to open an Etsy Shop. So far, I've been blown away by the interest we've received. I have lots of ideas and lots of pieces to add, but there are only so many hours in the day! I plan to add to it little by little over the next few weeks. If you see something you like, jump on it now! We are offering $5 shipping through the holidays, so be sure to take advantage. Here are a few things we've got for sale -- 












Keep in mind we can custom make just about anything and we can change the colors of the existing signs we have listed. Just let us know what you're wanting!! 


Happy Treasure Hunting, 
Ashley 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Treasure Hunting: The Perfect Piece - Cary, NC

So we are swimming in orders over here - such a good feeling to be busy and back to work! If you haven't heard yet we launched our new Etsy shop just a week or two ago. You can check out all the fun goodies we have for sale here: www.etsy.com/shop/AgainstTheGrain1. Since the holidays are quickly approaching, we are offering $5 shipping until Christmas! Take advantage because this will only last through the holidays. 

While visiting our family in Cary, NC a few weekends ago we found the coolest little shop -- The Perfect Piece. Its located in downtown Cary off of E Chatham St. The store has at least 20 vendors with their own booth or space in the store. If we lived closer I'd be on the waiting list for a spot in this store. Its filled with cute revamped furniture, home decor items, pillows, upcycled treasures and monogrammed goodies. Its one of those stores that you never know what you'll find but once you find it, you can't leave without it! I love those kinds of places. Here are a few of the treasures we spotted during our hour and half of shopping - yes, I was there that long! 


















Anyone ever been to this store? I believe its new-er. If you haven't and are in the Cary area, be sure to check it out. The downtown shopping area of Cary has several furniture stores, antique shops, and restaurants. Lots to do on the weekends -- including the farmer's market! 

Be sure to "like" The Perfect Piece's FB page and tell them ATG sent you! 


Happy Treasure Hunting, 
Ashley

Monday, September 22, 2014

Welcome to Our Etsy Shop!

We are branching out and expanding our rustic, unique home decor items and signs to Etsy! This has been a long time coming and I am so happy we are finally open and ready for business. Keep in mind, this shop is brand spanking new so I'm still working out the kinks and updating it with new items daily. So make sure you add us a "favorite" shop and like our Facebook page to stay up to date with the latest and greatest stuff. We totally wouldn't do this without all of our loyal FB friends and clients. You guys rock! Thanks for the continued support that allows us to do what we love! 

Here's the direct link to the shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AgainstTheGrain1

Happy Treasure Hunting, 
Ashley 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Treasure Hunting: Form & Function - Raleigh, NC

While waiting for our house to be ready in Cameron, we spent some time with my family in Cary. Cary is about an hour north of Cameron, just outside of Raleigh. They have the cutest downtown area with a vintage movie theater, designer consignment shops, restaurants, and furniture stores! I'll post more on the downtown Cary area later though. This post is all about my favorite furniture store in Raleigh - Form and Function. This is a store front for their interior design company. I would die to have them redo my house, but I'm broke. Oh well - a girl can dream. There store front has a mix of gift-ables, repurposed pieces and beautiful furniture. 

This is a small cast iron tub -- how perfect would that be to ice down drinks for a summer barbecue? 



Repurposed denim -- each state was cut out of old denim. How creative!




The shop is small but packed to the brim with goodies! 

Anyone been to Form and Function before? Let us know your favorite shopping spots in Raleigh!


Happy Treasure Hunting, 
Ashley 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Treasure Hunting: The Cotton Exchange & Livery Antiques - Fayetteville, NC

Hello Fayetteville! While we were getting settled into our home in Cameron we took a day to do some exploring. Our first stop was downtown Fayetteville. I was so impressed with the amount of local businesses, restaurants and shops in the area. The best part? Its all within walking distance, so you can park and walk everywhere! If my husband had the patience, I would have spent the entire day walking around and window shopping.  We had several recommendations from friends in the area to check out The Cotton Exchange and The Livery Antiques -- be sure to follow them on FB for the latest info and preview pics of their newest inventory. Both owned by the same person and within walking distance of each other. 



How about that herringbone door? I want!

Both stores are stocked full of vendors with everything from beautiful antiques, shabby chic painted furniture, hand painted artwork (be sure to check out the painted pig picture below, it almost came home with me!), vintage home decor items, and more. If we could, we'd absolutely have a booth in either of these stores. The ladies working at each place were so nice -- recommending lots of other stores throughout the Fayetteville area. Here are just a few of the pieces we fell in love with. 












Beautiful stuff! You are paying for quality, which makes stomaching the higher price tags a little easier. We will definitely be checking back into this place! 

Another find while we were downtown -- The Butcher and the Baker.  They recently opened a store front on Franklin Street. If you follow us on Instagram - you might know we are all about eating clean and keeping it as local as possible. This place checks both of those boxes. They carry only products made in North Carolina - grass fed beef, antibiotic free chicken, local cheeses, honey, milk, eggs, jams and more. They are constantly running promotions and getting new items in the store so be sure to click the link above and follow them on Facebook. Make sure you tell them Against the Grain sent you to their page! 

Anyone found any good antique or junk stores in the Fayetteville area? Be sure to pass along your recommendations - we are always looking for new places!  

Happy Treasure Hunting, 

Ashley 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Road Trip & Life in NC

Since my last post - lots has changed. We packed up our home in Junction City and are now settling down in Cameron, NC - just outside of Fort Bragg. It was so bittersweet leaving KS -- our friends and customers were so good to us there. We're really going to miss them.

So what have we been doing since June? NOT working in the garage. Mr. ATG was able to take some time off so we could travel and visit family throughout the southeast. We did some serious exploring and junkin - even though we had no where to store the stuff! The joys of being temporarily homeless. We enjoyed the break but were happy to see our new home and get settled in both inside as well as in the garage!





Fortunately we are living smack dab in the middle of furniture heaven. Cameron, NC hows a bi-annual antique fair with over 300+ vendors. You can find more information on the upcoming event here: http://www.antiquesofcameron.com/events.htm. Downtown Fayetteville is packed with thrift stores, antique stores, repurposed furniture stores and architectural salvage stores. Yes please! We are also about an hour from Raleigh, NC which hosts one of the largest Flea Markets in the southeast. We did some serious exploring this summer and I can't wait to share our finds with you!





More to come!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

May Update

Is it June already? Where did May go? In just a few short weeks we will be packing up house and moving back to the east coast. We are sad to leave Kansas but very excited for what the future holds for our family and Against the Grain. For those of you who have asked - yes, we are taking the business with us and relocating it in Fayetteville, NC. And yes, we are looking into shipping! We have started shipping our smaller bottle openers and vinyl signs but are still doing some research into shipping our furniture! So, stay tuned!

May has been a crazy whirlwind. We have been trying to cram as many custom orders and revamps into our schedule as possible. We are also slowly making our way through the hoard of furniture I've stashed in the basement - its honestly never ending! Here's a peak at a few of our projects from this month:












We have a lot of really fun things in the works - including opening our Etsy shop! So be sure to stay tuned for all the fun things to come! 

Happy Treasure Hunting, 
Ashley